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Police search for suspect in attempted kidnapping of 13-year-old in West Valley

November 17, 2009 | 12:48 pm

LAPD detectives are searching for a kidnapping suspect who tried to snatch a 13-year-old girl walking home from school in the West San Fernando Valley.

The girl was walking near Magnolia Boulevard and Zelzah Avenue last Wednesday when a man jumped out of his parked vehicle and grabbed her as she passed, according to investigators.

As the man dragged the girl toward his car, she screamed and struggled and was able to free herself and run away. The suspect immediately ran back to his car and drove away from the scene, police said.

The suspected kidnapper is described as a 30- to 40-year-old heavy-set Latino with a shaved head. He is about 5-foot-5 and 200 pounds and was wearing a white oversized T-shirt and dark baggy shorts.

He may have been driving a white four-door 1995 to 2005 GMC Yukon, with a possible partial license number of "4Y------". The vehicle is believed to have a broken right taillight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Larry Concepcion of the West Valley homicide unit at (818) 374-7725.

-- Richard Winton

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